Still Digital Cameras

Written by Charles Peacock
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Digital still cameras have all but overtaken their traditional film counterparts. They're cheap, they're easy to use, and they make it much easier to collect and print your own photographs than film cameras. Digital cameras still don't compare to film cameras in every aspect of image quality, although they improve substantially each year.

Buying a Digital Still Camera

If you're in the market for a digital camera, you've probably been exposed to terms like "memory card" and "megapixels." All of this terminology can be a bit baffling at first, but with a little patience you'll be able to familiarize yourself with the different characteristics of digital cameras. Like any kind of technology, it's worth learning a bit before diving in.

The first important measure of any digital camera is how many megapixels it can produce. Megapixels refer to the resolution of the camera--in other words, how many dots per square inch it is able to produce in each image. The more dots, the more megapixels, the better the image quality.

Zoom is another important feature of a digital camera, and you'll see two different kids: optical and digital. Optical zoom is by far more superior--it allows you to zoom in on far away images without getting a grainy picture. Good cameras should come with at least 5x optical zoom, which will allow you to take great pictures from afar.

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